You need this body butter. Right now.
I mean seriously… my skin is ridiculously soft.
Like baby bum soft.
I’ve caught myself on more than one occasion rubbing my face with the back of my hand. Yikes. Don’t judge… you’ll be doing it too.
Not to mention, this butter smells like chocolaty-goodness.
I know it may seem intimidating to make your own beauty products, but let me tell you something…
Making your own body butter is easier than baking a cake.
It’s literally as simple as putting the ingredients in a double boiler, melting, cooling, then whipping!
The good news doesn’t stop there…
The number one reason I think you’ll be glad you tried this body butter recipe is that you’ll know every single ingredient in it.
No secrets. No hard to pronounce words. No ingredients that are masked as one thing, but really another.
Every ingredient in this is natural. No chemicals, no parabens, no products made in a lab.
Why does this matter?
Because you’ll be applying it directly to your skin silly! Which is your body’s largest organ!
Your skin will be stoked. You’ll be stoked. So let’s get to it!
First things first, why make your own body butter?
By-goly. I’m SO glad you asked!
Ok, you already know the basics… smells like chocolate, easy to make, full of natural ingredients.
But there’s more, much more.
This is where the subject gets a little controversial, so without delving too deep into it, I’ll share a few facts and my opinion.
Decide for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂
There are a lot of question marks out there. How much do our bodies absorb from topical application? What effect (if any) do the absorbed chemicals used in over the counter beauty products have on our bodies?
Sadly, we don’t know. There simply hasn’t been enough research on the subject yet.
What we do know is that…
“The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) does not authorize FDA to approve cosmetic ingredients, with the exception of color additives that are not coal-tar hair dyes. In general, cosmetic manufacturers may use any ingredient they choose, except for a few ingredients that are prohibited by regulation.” (source)
The good thing about this act, is it prevents the marketing of cosmetics that have been adulterated. Adulterated products are those that have any poisonous or deleterious substances in them that can harm someone when the product is used the way it’s intended (source)
There are many scrutinized ingredients in over the counter beauty products, however, the most controversial are parabens.
Parabens are added preservatives that are used to prevent the growth of bacteria when a product comes in contact with germs (like your hand dipping into something). (source)
Although this is the most controversial ingredient, “The American Chemical Society estimates that parabens are in about 85% of personal care products — everything from shampoo to shaving cream.” (source)
The reason this ingredient has become so controversial is because of a study published in 2004 (By Dr. Darbre in the Journal of Applied Toxicology).
This study found that “Measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors” (source).
As always, there are two sides to every story. The FDA says that there are many unanswered questions in this study, such as: “the study did not show that parabens cause cancer, or that they are harmful in any way, and the study did not look at possible paraben levels in normal tissue.” (source)
Now, let me share with you share my stance.
I make my own body butter. In fact, I make my own lotion (get the recipes here), toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, face makeup… the list goes on!
I don’t know if this has any long term benefits – that’s because no one knows; the science isn’t there yet.
What I do know is that there’s A WHOLE LOT OF CRAP in over the counter beauty product. And I would rather not put that crap on my body.
Here’s my logic behind this:
I love that I know every ingredient in my products… where they come from, the effects they have on my body, etc.
Despite the fact that the science hasn’t deemed these products harmful harmful…
…I strongly believe that our bodies will be healthier and happier if we apply products that aren’t made in a lab and full of chemicals. If we apply products to our skin made from ingredients found in nature.
I love my homemade beauty products! And hope that once you see how easy they are to make, you’ll love them too!
Homemade Body Butter Recipe
Alright alright… enough about all the serious stuff. Lets lighten it up, and talk about what’s up with this super-d-duper body butter!
- Place all ingredients, except essential oils, in a double boiler (I use a mason jar)
- Bring the water to a soft boil. Continually stir ingredients (I use a waxing stick for this, popsicle sticks work as well) in double boiler so nothing burns on the bottom.
- Once the ingredients have completely melted and combined, pull the double boiler out of the pot and set it aside. We want this to cool until it hardens, which may take several hours.
- Once it is completely set, add the essential oil and whip the body butter. You can do this with a hand mixer, stick blender or food processor. Keep in mind the body butter will leave your appliances oily. I use my stick blender because it has minimal parts to clean.
- Once the butter has been whipped, scoop it into the jar you wish to use. I think short mason jars are perfect for this!
- Enjoy! A little goes a long way with this body butter. Also, it’s oilier than store bought body butters – let is soak in before you sit on a leather couch!
What are the best essential oils to add to this recipe?
I like using essential oils that compliment the chocolaty-smell of the cacao butter!
My favorites are:
Here are a few important things to keep in mind when making this body butter:
- Although it smells great, don’t eat it. Just don’t.
- If you don’t have a double boiler no problem!
I’ve never actually owned one myself.
I have a large mason jar I use for all my apothecary adventures.
- To save your kitchen utensils, use a waxing or popsicle stick to stir your body butter.
I use this same stick to get the butter out of the jar.
- It’s important to let the butter cool COMPLETELY before whipping.
I was too impatient the first time, and the recipe didn’t whip, which is a bum deal!
Allowing the butter to cool helps it to whip and become creamy, which is a much more desirable product!
- Don’t want your lotion to smell like chocolate?
I totally understand, it can make you hungry! Just sub the cacao butter for an additional ¼ cup of shea butter.
- If you want your body butter to be non-scented, swap the cacao butter for shea butter (as instructed above) and leave out the essential oils.
- I’ve made this lotion without essential oils and it’s absolutely lovely. Oils are completely optional.
Recipe from Praire Homestead
What are some of your favorite essential oil combinations for this recipe?